I enjoyed getting the books to send to the prisoners. It was interesting getting to know what they were interested in and helping to supply their needs.
As mentioned in my last reflection. Always a great volunteer project to be involved in. Although the library does lack a few resources (given it isn't a fully developed library), it is always fun to try to find pieces of literature that the inmate might enjoy.
Inside books is awesome. Read letters from incarcerated Texans requesting books, and provide them with good book matches that meet their requests. These people truly appreciate what we do and it brings humanity back to those who need it most.
Inside Books is an Austin-based volunteer community service project that puts requested books right into the hands of prisoners and juvenile incarcerated individuals across Texas. A rather humbling experience, as a volunteer, I opened multiple letters from prisoners, read the books or genre of books they requested, searched through IB's book collection, wrote back to the individuals, and finally prepared a USPS package that would soon be mailed back to the prison in which they are located. Having never volunteered with Inside Books before, I found this opportunity to definitely be a great one for UT Austin students and Austinites alike to get involved and give back to those requesting assistance. I definitely recommend this opportunity to others searching for a worthwhile volunteer experience.
This was so much fun and very easy to do.
Working with Inside Books is always a rewarding experience. I truly enjoy knowing that my time spent volunteering is having a large impact on the people who's letters I read and respond to.
I truly enjoy volunteering with Inside Books. I plan to continue to do so throughout my time in Austin, even beyond graduation and the 'required' number of service hours I have to do for school. I have introduced a few of my friends to the organization and I am happy to say that they enjoy volunteering there as much as I do. It is a rewarding experience and doesn't feel like "work" the way some volunteer events do (which isn't a bad thing, since, you know, you ARE there to work, but it is a nice bonus that Inside Books doesn't feel that way). The 2-3 hours we spend there always seems to fly by.
I helped respond to letters and send requested books to Texas inmates
To try and catch up with all of the letters from over the summer, Inside Books hosted a Work Party on 9/25 & 9/26, outside their normal Thursday and Sunday hours. I attended and worked 4 hours on Friday (9/25) with a few friends and were treated to pizza to help keep us motivated. There were a decent amount of people in attendance, and there was another student organization there with three times the amount of people there working on taping packages. We got to write letters again, and I improved my productivity when it came to letter writing and selecting books.
I've volunteered in this project once before and it is as impacting and interesting as ever. This opportunity allowed me to send out letter to prison mates. In these letters, I packaged pieces of literature that may find an interest with. Overall, it is always a great event that allows the chance to expand myself of connection and communication.